PLEASE NOTE: The museum is currently closed until further notice due to State of Illinois COVID-19 mitigation efforts.


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NOTE: All programs are FREE, donations to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation are greatly appreciated. CLICK HERE to make a donation.


ONLINE LECTURE: The Great Depression's Impact on Chicagoland
Starts Sunday, January 24   
Access Program: CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded lecture starting on 1/24/21
In early 1929, Chicago and the nation celebrated another prosperous year. Then came Black Thursday on October 24th when a series of further crashes eventually ushered in the Great Depression, ravaging Chicagoans financially in the economic collapse and leaving a lasting imprint on the nation. Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago, presents aa fascinating illustrated lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. Online program will be available Jan. 24 through May 2.

Wednesday, January 27   
Time: 7-8:30 p.m. 
Register: E-mail or call 630-833-1457
Read the acclaimed National Book Award-winning book by Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, that tells the story of a dozen families during the darkest days of the Depression and then join Elmhurst History Museum staff on Zoom for an engaging discussion. First of a four-part series of history-related book discussions to be presented in 2021. Link will be e-mailed to participants the week of the program. Appropriate for adults.


ONLINE PROGRAM: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Elmhurst
Starts Thursday, February 11   
Access:  CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded lecture starting on 2/11/21

Join Elmhurst History Museum’s curator of collections, Dan Lund, for a virtual presentation discussing the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the New Deal-era federal program created to provide work for young men in the 1930s. Lund will detail the goals and legacy of the CCC, and focus on local projects like Camp Elmhurst, which was situated in the area from 1934-35. Online program will be available online Feb. 11 through May 2. Appr. 14 minutes running time.

Sunday, February 28
Time: 12:00-12:30 p.m.   
Access:  CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook Page on 2/28/21

Join EHM Curator of Exhibits, Dan Bartlett, as he walks through the exhibit Together We Cannot Fail: Overcoming the Great Depression in our first floor gallery. During this gallery talk, Dan will share some of the interesting things he learned while researching, curating and designing the exhibit and answer your questions.


Churchville Schoolhouse 10th Anniversary Documentary
CLICK HERE to view the documentary on YouTube
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary and the community-based effort that helped to preserve this local treasure, view a new documentary sharing the story of the Churchville Schoolhouse.